Mexichem SAB de CV has extended its plastic pipe and conduit production base into Canada with the acquisition of two production facilities there.
Mexichem announced Oct. 26 that it bought Gravenhurst Plastics Ltd. for undisclosed terms from private owners. Gravenhurst had sales of C$15 million (US$11.2 million) in 2015. Its main pipe extrusion factory is in Gravenhurst, about 100 miles north of Toronto. It also runs a division, Temiskaming Plastics Ltd., based in the small town of Temiskaming, about 200 miles north of Gravenhurst.
Gravenhurst Plastics makes high density polyethylene pipe for data communication conduits, infrastructure, construction and other markets. Its data communication product lines are similar to those made by Mexichem's Fluent Business Group, but it also extrudes drainage pipe and some products for construction that are not made by Fluent.
Fluent holds Mexichem's plastic pipe operations, which are better known as the Dura-Line businesses. In North America, Dura-Line has 11 pipe extrusion plants in the United States and two in Mexico. Gravenhurst Plastics and the Temiskaming division will also become part of Fluent.
Dura-Line has been actively selling in Canada for several years and in the past decade has been more aggressive in the market, according to Dura-Line spokeswoman Tanya Kanczuzewske. Most of its sales in Canada have revolved around FuturePath and MicroDuct conduits for fiber optic networks.
“We have plans to upgrade and add equipment [at Gravenhurst Plastics] so we can expand locally manufactured products for the datacom market in Canada,” Kanczuzewski said in an email. She declined to provide details of the projects.